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My friend made a dish and asked me to taste it. I said:

It's okay but it has less salt.(like a bit tasteless , it's salty but not as salty as it should be )

And for cake if it doesn't have sugar:

It's okay but it has less sugar .(it's sweet but not as sweet as it should be.)

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Bland -lacking strong flavor

Though this word does not particularly indicate lack of salt.

  • But what if I want to specify "sugar" or "salt" in my sentence? – It's about English Mar 24 at 9:37
  • I'm sorry, I do not know any words that specifically refer to insufficiency of salt or sugar. Hope you find what you're looking for. – eefar Mar 24 at 9:54
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The best term to fit your current sentence structure is "too little", in place of "less".

It's okay but it has too little salt.

It's okay but it has too little sugar.

Other structures are possible, and may be more likely for native speakers ("too little" sounds a bit formal to me):

It's okay but it needs more salt/sugar.

It's okay but it doesn't have enough salt/sugar.

  • Can it be :. It's okay but it doesn't have enough sugar.(can sugar be used this way too.?) And : It's okay but it needs more salt( in place of sugar) – It's about English Mar 24 at 10:14
  • Please help me out. My question is whether the sentences you used that would be used, can "salt" be used with: It needs more salt.(you used this with sugar.) And: It doesn't have enough sugar.(you used it with "salt" in your sentence.) – It's about English Mar 24 at 10:31
  • @It'saboutEnglish: Yes, those are both fine. I will edit my post to include all combinations. – Tim Pederick Mar 24 at 11:10

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